These days, all everyone wants is bigger, better and more of it! But does this really work out? A lot of the time, these words aren’t really capturing what we want, they are just functioning as a way of making us competitive in a must-have market.
One great example is houses. We all want bigger, better houses and with our efforts to keep up with the Joneses, lots of people end up pushing their credit to its limits and having to live one shop away from the risk of bankruptcy all the time.
This is no way to live.
In fact, downsizing may go against the grain, but could well be the best thing you can do for you finances and happiness. You don’t need bigger for something to be better and sometimes a little bit of exactly what you want is better than a lot of something you can’t really afford.
Downsize Your Appliances
When you have a massive house, it doesn’t matter too much if you waste space on daft things like water heaters or huge appliances but in a smaller home, you definitely need to do some clever organising to make the most of what you have. Start by installing a smaller water heater like a takagi t-kjr2-in-ng. This model is much smaller than most heaters so takes up significantly less room in your airing cupboard, but still packs a punch without costing you a fortune in bills each month. In fact, it is so efficient, you will probably be saving!
Make the Most of Every Inch
Small houses have all sorts of nooks and crannies that can easily go unnoticed and unused. Putting shelves in awkward gaps or using wheeled boxes under the bed will definitely help you to figure out a system for fitting everything in. Floor to ceiling wardrobes and a fitted kitchen will really utilise the space in the most important rooms. Under the stairs is also a great place for storage.
Add Luxury Touches
If you have downsized from a large house, you might well have a bit of extra cash around for adding those luxury touches you’ve always wanted. Large mirrors are ideal because they increase the light in a room and give the illusion of space. You might also choose a luxury fabric for the sofa – especially if you have downsized since the kids moved out and you aren’t watching out for spillages and breakages anymore!
Connect with the Outside
This is important in big houses too but if you have a small cottage, connecting to the outside will give you a real sense of space. The best way to do this is to install floor to ceiling windows to bring in plenty of light and drink in those views of your garden. Using the same wood or paving inside as an outside patio or decking will also give the sensation that your room continues way past the walls. Cleverly placed plants will also help to connect the spaces.